Information for transgender disclosure applicants

Last updated: 11 December 2017

If you're transgender and applying for a disclosure you can apply using a special process.

This means you only have to tell Disclosure Scotland your previous gender.

You don't have to tell the person or organisation asking you for a disclosure – unless you're happy for them to know.

Disclosure application process for transgender applicants

You should use your present name and gender to fill out the disclosure application form.

Do this this for whatever type of disclosure you're applying for.

You don't have to:

  • answer 'yes' to the part of the form about previous names unless you had other names that don't relate to your transgender status
  • disclose names that you were previously known by
  • give your Gender Recognition Certificate (GRC) to your employer

Notify Disclosure Scotland of your previous names

To complete your disclosure application, you'll need to provide Disclosure Scotland with details of your previous names.

To do this, you should send a letter to Disclosure Scotland including the following information:

  • your case reference number
  • your contact details
  • details of your previous names
  • a photocopy of a document which proves your previous names, such as your birth certificate or GRC
  • if you want the copies of the documents you've supplied to be returned to you

You should only send Disclosure Scotland photocopies of your documents.

Disclosure Scotland's Vetting Operations Managers will let you know they have received your paperwork so you can be sure your information is handled safely.

Your case reference number is the 16-digit barcode number from the top-right corner of your disclosure application form. Make sure you include this so that Disclosure Scotland can match up your application with your documents.

Send your letter to:

Vetting Operations Manager
Disclosure Scotland
P.O. Box 250
Glasgow
G51 1YU

Mark the envelope 'Private and confidential' and/or 'To be opened by the addressee only'.

If you don't ask for your document copies to be returned to you, Disclosure Scotland will destroy them. They'll send you confirmation when they've done this.

What your disclosure certificate will show

Your disclosure certificate will show your current name and will not include any previous names.

Get help with the process

If you need any help with your application, telephone 03000 200 040 and ask to speak to the Vetting Operations Manager.